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Cordillera Blanca 4-day trek- Santa Cruz to Vaqueria

Cordillera Blanca 4-day trek- Santa Cruz to Vaqueria | Peru

Join Edwin, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this 4-day trek from Santa Cruz to Vaquería in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Discover one of the most beautiful places full of culture, history and dazzling trails.

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4 Days

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec




Come with me on this amazing adventure in the in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Join this  4-day trek from Santa Cruz to Vaquería in the Peruvian Andes.

The Cordillera Blanca is a stunning place, perfect for trekking amongst many activities. The highly diverse and incredibly beautiful native flora and fauna you’ll encounter here will mesmerize you.

Amongst the huge concentration of peaks and trails, Santa Cruz is one of the most popular trekking routes. One of the reasons is that, by taking it, you can see almost all the important peaks and lakes in this region in just a few days.

We’ll start our adventure in the Santa Cruz valley exploring charming lakes like **Hatuncocha (**big lake) and Ichiq (small lake). You’ll also get the best views of the snow covered peaks in this wonderful place.

Next day, we’ll depart from Tulipampa. I’ll  then guide you through Punta Union (4750m), which is the highest spot in our trek, and the best way to admire all the beauty around you. So, you’ll have an incomparable view of Rinrihirka, Taulliraju and Paria. It is also the perfect location to take the best photos!

After a wonderful sleep surrounded by nature in Huaripampa, we’ll head to Vaquería, a lovely little village in the mountains. Then a vehicle will take us to the city of Huaraz. We’ll make a stop at the Portachuelo pass (4760 m) from where you can see mountains like Chopicalqui, Chacraraju and Pisco (named after one of our favorite drinks). Also, we’ll visit magnificent lakes such as the Llanganuco, Orgoncocha  (male lake) and Chinancocha  (female lake).

So join us on this great adventure. Send me a request and I’ll make sure you have a wonderful time trekking through Santa Cruz.

However, if you are looking for a longer trek, check out this 15-day Alpamayo trek.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters

Price details

The price includes: transfers in private vehicles; professional certified guide; professional outdoor cook preparing 3 healthy and delicious meals a day with natural ingredients, plus snacks; transportation of all equipment; donkey driver or porters where needed; all camping and cooking equipment; cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, sleeping and bathroom tents; first aid kits; park entry fees. It does not include: international flights and airport taxes; transport to and from Lima; Hotel and meals in Lima or Huaraz; previous acclimatization program; personal clothing and personal equipment; personal expenses and insurance. The price for 8-9 people is US$410 and for 10 or more US$280.

The prices previously displayed are for private groups. For shared groups, starting at 9 people, the price is US$300.


Day 1: Huaraz- Cashapampa- Llamacorral

I’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to Cashapampa (2900m). There we’ll begin our trek surrounded by charming Andean trees and magnificent mountains. Then we’ll trek through the Santa Cruz Valley heading to Llamacorral, where we’ll camp

Day 2: Llamacorral - Taulipampa

We will start our day after breakfast, trekking through the Santa Cruz Valley.  Then, I will take you to the Ichiqcocha and Hatuncocha lakes. And at the at of the day we’ll set camp in Taulipampa

Day 3: Taulipampa - Punta Union pass - Huaripampa valley

After an exquisite breakfast, we’ll head to Punta Union (4750m). Then we’ll come down to the Huaripampa Valley (3900m) to camp there.

Day 4: Huaripampa - Vaqueria - Huaraz

We’ll also begin our day with a delicious breakfast, after which we’ll begin our hike to Vaqueria. Later, a vehicle will transfer us to Huaraz city. And on the way, we’ll stop at the Portachuelo Pass (4760m) and visit the lakes of Llanganuco, Orgoncocha and Chinanchoca. At the end of our adventure we’ll head back to Huaraz


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

My name is Edwin, professional Mountain Guide, member of Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP) and Member of the International Union of Mountain Guides Association (UIAGM), specialized on Trekking, Climbing, Expeditions also I am the founder of Andes Travel Expeditions company.

I have extensive experience and I had climb throughout Peru, Argentina and Bolivia and succesfully guided Huandoy Norte ( 2 times: on the north face and east face), Piramide de Garcilaso, Arteson, Caraz 1, Alpamayo, Huascaran, as well as Illampu, Sajama, Condiriri, Aconcagua, among many other mountains..

I will be happy to welcome you and your friends from all over the world to travel with us in America del Sur particularly in my home country Peru, the country of Mt Huascaran, Alpamayo(Most beautiful mountain in the world), Machupicchu, Cusco, Lago Titicaca, Arequipa, Amazonas etc.

As a professional mountain guide, I have been leading several mountain trips for the, past 20 years. I love and enjoy my job and have gained a lot of experience through climbing with many groups from all over the world. First I would like to assure you the best service and cooperation from my team, Secondly I will make sure that you have an exciting trekking on mountain, wonderful, unique and memorable experience. And while you are here in Peru we would like to promise, you are going to have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us and look forward to meet your expectation Andes Travel Expeditions Company is pleased to share your enthusiasm for lifetime experience. I am pleased to let you know that I am going to be your Guide up there personally I will take you there not to send you there.



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